Rahul Gandhi must apologise to nation: BJP after Rafale verdict

Union Minister Ravi Shankar addressing media after Rafale verdict on Thursday.

Launching a scathing attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi after the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the review petitions in Rafale case on Thursday, the BJP sought apology from him.

Addressing a press conference at the party office in New Delhi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar said that the verdict is the victory of truth, India’s security and recognition of honest decision-making process of the Modi government.

“Today’s decision of the Supreme court rejecting the review of the Rafale decision is the victory of truth, India’s security and recognition of honest decision-making process of Modi government. Satyadev Jayate. Congress and Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the nation,” he said.

“Rahul Gandhi has to apologise. You lost in the Supreme Court in the first round then people defeated you in elections. Today, the Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions of people who were fighting on your behalf as a proxy,” Prasad further said.

Prasad also hit out at Gandhi for allegedly calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘thief’ and underlined that the Supreme Court accepted his apology.

“Rahul Gandhi quoted that the Supreme Court had said that PM Modi is a thief. There is no bigger lie than this, and today, it was proven in the Supreme Court. The apex court’s decision today was unanimous,” he said.

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“The Supreme Court accepted his apology and asked Gandhi to be more careful. It has time and again said that there is no doubt about the qualities of the Rafale fighter jets,” the Union Minister said.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions challenging its December 14, 2018 verdict upholding the 36 Rafale jets’ deal.

A three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph passed the order on a batch of petitions seeking review of its December 14, 2018 verdict.

Meanwhile, the apex court closed the contempt petition filed by BJP lawmaker Meenakshi Lekhi against Rahul Gandhi for his remarks.

The Supreme Court accepted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s apology for wrongly attributing his infamous “chowkidar chor hai” remark in Rafale case to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opined that a person holding a place of importance in political spectrum should have been more careful.

“Rahul Gandhi needs to be more careful in the future. It was unfortunate,” a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph said in their verdict.

(With ANI inputs)

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